Physical, mental and emotional stress this fast paced world we live in imposes upon us can overwhelm and exhaust our body. And since we all cope with stress differently, when our systems become overloaded we may start to experience physical complications, and irritable bowel syndrome is one of them.
Many physical problems that we treat with drugs have an underlying psychological component. As a result of this underlying stress, many of us experience digestive disorders, rashes or headaches. So, in order to treat irritable bowel syndrome, we must look for the root cause, which is, in many circumstances, stress.
Irritable bowel syndrome is one digestive disorder in particular that doctors and authorities link to psychological stress. Though it is stress related it certainly doesn’t make it any less of a serious physical problem.
So, what can we do to treat irritable bowel syndrome, which can sometimes be a very aggravating and embarrassing problem?
It stands to reason that eliminating stress from our lives will help and, in many cases, cure the problem. If we learn how to cope with stressful situation we can reduce the frequency and severity of irritable bowel episodes.
Here is some additional nutritional advice for treating irritable bowel syndrome:
- Eliminate or reduce coffee, cola drinks, white flour and white sugar products.
- Reduce consumption of dairy products, spicy foods and alcohol.
- Consume at least two helpings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
- Every day, try to consume whole grain, high fiber, low sugar cereal with one tablespoon of unprocessed bran added.
- If you are not sensitive to wheat products, make sure you consume 2-4 slices of whole grain bread every day.
Many eminent authorities in this field embrace the aforementioned nutritional approaches for treating irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, they are all tolerated by most patients and usually lead to a significant improvement of the irritable bowel syndrome.